Oman: First half 2013 Car Market rose 14%. Nissan & Hyundai shine.

The development of Omani economy continues in 2013 with a politic of diversification and privatization pursued from the central government aiming to reduce the strongly country dependence on oil resources. The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has forecast the Omani economy to grow 4.2% this year and 3.5% in 2014, with expectations for moderate growth rate also in the next years.

Accordingly with data collected by focus2move through local operators and press, in June 2013 the light passenger vehicles sold in the country were 17.454, up 4.2% from some month year ago.

Total light vehicles sold in first half of the year were 109.081, up 14.7% from 2012, running towards the new all-time record year. Indeed, focus2move projections are for a full 2013 sales at 220K, well ahead of last year record.

Behind Toyota, dominator of the market with a share around 50%, Nissan increased significantly its share gaining 6.4 points in first half from 2012, pushed up by the Nissan Altima and Patrol sales.

Looking at the top brands performance:

Toyota was the market leader, selling 8.532 in June with a share of 48.9%. First half sales were 55.902 with a share of 51.2%, down 0.6 points of share from the last year. Toyota held 6 models in the top 10, with Hilux as market leader.

Nissan confirmed the 2nd place, selling 18.802 units in first half, with a share of 17.2% up 6.4 points of share from 2012. June sales were 3.129 with a share of 17.9%. The best selling model was the D22 in 6th position.

Hyundai was 3rd selling 9.833 in first half, with a share of 9.1%, slightly down from last year. June sales were 1.902 with 10.9% of share. Hyundai held 4 models in the top 25, with Elantra in 9th position.

Kia was 4th selling in first half 5.864 units, with a share of 5.4% down 1.5 points of share from the last year. The best-selling model was the Cerato in 18th position.

Lexus was 5th and leader of the luxury segment, selling 3.378 cars with a share of 3.1% in first half, slightly up from 2012. The top model was the LX in 13th position.

In the table below, the Top 15 Brands ranked by June position:

Rank Jun

Rank 2012

Rank 2013

Brand

Jun

I Half ’13

FY 2012

Jun 2013

I Half 2013

1

1

1

Toyota

8.532

55.902

52,8%

48,9%

51,2%

2

2

2

Nissan

3.129

18.802

13,8%

17,9%

17,2%

3

3

3

Hyundai

1.902

9.883

9,4%

10,9%

9,1%

4

4

4

Kia

792

5.864

6,9%

4,5%

5,4%

5

5

5

Lexus

483

3.378

2,9%

2,8%

3,1%

6

6

6

Isuzu

342

1.910

1,6%

2,0%

1,8%

8

10

8

Ford

238

1.212

1,0%

1,4%

1,1%

9

14

13

Jeep

188

629

0,6%

1,1%

0,6%

10

13

11

Mazda

164

861

0,7%

0,9%

0,8%

11

7

9

Mitsubishi

147

1.235

1,3%

0,8%

1,1%

12

9

12

Chevrolet

146

845

1,2%

0,8%

0,8%

13

18

16

Dodge

144

435

0,5%

0,8%

0,4%

14

11

10

Honda

122

1.032

1,0%

0,7%

0,9%

15

15

14

Renault

109

702

0,5%

0,6%

0,6%

Looking at top models, Toyota dominated the ranking with Hilux in 1st place selling 2.563 units in June (13.448 sales in first half with a share of 12.3%, +5 points from 2012).

Second was Land Cruiser P/U with 1.604 sales (10.492 units and a share of 9.6% in first half, up 5.2 points of share from 2012), the Prado in 3rd 1.401 sales (8.338 units and +4% from 2012) followed by Land Cruiser in 4th 1.065 (8.880 vehicles and +3.8% from 2012).

Nissan D22 was 5th in June selling 788 and, while in first half the sales were 4.609 with a share of 4.2%, up 2.8 points from 2012, followed by Toyota Hiace in 6th 626 units sold in June (in first half 3.287 sales and a share of 3.0%, up 2.6 points from 2012 share) and by Toyota Corolla in 7th with 594 sales (in first half 3.477 sales and a share of 3.2%, up 1.5 points from the last year).

Nissan Altima was 8th selling 478 units with a share of 2.7%, followed by the Hyundai Elantra in 9th with 434 sales and a share of 2.5% and by the Hyundai Accent in 10th with 424 sales and a share of 2.4%, up 1.0 points from the last year.

In the table below, the Best 25 models, ranked for June position:

Rank Jun

Rank 2012

Rank 2013

Model

Jun

I Half 2013

FY 2012

May 2013

Jun 2013

I Half 2013

1

1

1

Toyota Hilux

2.563

13.448

7,3%

9,8%

14,7%

12,3%

2

2

2

Toyota Land Cruiser P/U

1.604

10.492

4,4%

9,4%

9,2%

9,6%

3

4

4

Toyota Prado

1.401

8.338

3,6%

7,4%

8,0%

7,6%

4

3

3

Toyota Land Cruiser

1.065

8.880

4,3%

8,3%

6,1%

8,1%

5

7

5

Nissan D22

788

4.609

1,4%

4,1%

4,5%

4,2%

6

6

8

Toyota Hiace

626

3.287

1,4%

2,8%

3,6%

3,0%

7

5

7

Toyota Corolla

594

3.447

1,7%

3,0%

3,4%

3,2%

8

19

13

Nissan Altima

478

1.807

0,6%

1,4%

2,7%

1,7%

9

10

9

Hyundai Elantra

434

2.569

1,0%

2,3%

2,5%

2,4%

10

13

14

Hyundai Accent

424

1.696

0,9%

1,3%

2,4%

1,6%

11

14

10

Nissan Patrol

388

2.332

0,8%

2,1%

2,2%

2,1%

12

8

12

Toyota Camry

341

2.130

1,2%

1,9%

2,0%

2,0%

13

11

11

Lexus LX

301

2.208

0,9%

2,0%

1,7%

2,0%

14

21

6

Nissan Sunny

297

3.908

0,6%

3,8%

1,7%

3,6%

15

22

17

Hyundai Santa Fe

293

1.297

0,5%

1,1%

1,7%

1,2%

16

18

18

Hyundai Tucson

253

1.290

0,6%

1,1%

1,4%

1,2%

17

32

28

Nissan Pathfinder

229

660

0,3%

0,5%

1,3%

0,6%

18

12

15

Kia Cerato

185

1.490

0,9%

1,4%

1,1%

1,4%

19

15

19

Kia Sportage

175

1.262

0,7%

1,2%

1,0%

1,2%

20

45

31

Nissan Maxima

156

520

0,2%

0,4%

0,9%

0,5%

21

29

16

Nissan Navara

152

1.333

0,4%

1,3%

0,9%

1,2%

22

24

20

Toyota Fortuner

148

1.245

0,5%

1,2%

0,8%

1,1%

23

20

25

Hyundai Sonata

135

867

0,6%

0,8%

0,8%

0,8%

24

34

24

Toyota RAV4

120

918

0,3%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

25

46

47

Nissan X-Terra

119

296

0,2%

0,2%

0,7%

0,3%

The above table was elaborated by focus2move.com sourcing local manufacturers and www.bestsellingcarsblog.com.

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